Chisholm receives $25,000 STEM grant

Chisholm High School (Billy Hefton / Enid News & Eagle)

NORTH ENID, Okla. — Chisholm Public Schools recently was awarded a $25,000 grant to invest in its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, by America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, a release from the program said.

Funded by Bayer pharmaceuticals, the program provided more than $2.3 million in STEM grants to rural schools around the country, based on nominations from local farmers, the release said.

"Because area farmers answered the call, Grow Rural Education has awarded Chisholm in Garfield County, Oklahoma with a $25,000 grant," according to the release. "Grow Rural Education grants have helped schools purchase an array of STEM-related materials, such as augmented-reality sandboxes, weather-forecasting and robotics equipment."

The school district is putting the money toward the creation of a STEM and makerspace room, the release said, "where teachers will lead students in STEM discovery centers to plant the foundation for interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers."

To qualify for the grant, schools are first nominated, and then submit an application explaining their STEM project through a competitive grant process, the release said.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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